Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween! #OpenBook Blog Hop

It's that time of year, when witches and zombies and cute kids in costumes come banging on your door, holding open their bags, hoping for goodies. The rime of year when adults can pretend they aren't stuck working for a paycheck that gets them through to the next paycheck and they can take on the appearance of their fantasies. The time of year that gets stores between summer sales and Christmas specials.

I remember the days when the kids all wore home-made costumes, ghosts being the simplest and most common.  That was back before the worries about whether the treats being handed out were safe, because of course they were. The chocolate chip cookies the neighbor lady made and wrapped in cellophane were perhaps more sought ofter than the pre-packaged treats from the grocery store. Candy bars were full-size, and no one worried about staples or other foreign objects. Kids could dip into their bags before they got home and the only thing parents needed to do was make sure not too muny goodies got eaten before bedtime. No one ever thought about changing the day trick-or-treating happened just because it fell on a school night. the little kids didn't get to go, but the big kids shared their loot.

Pumpkins only came in one color and jack-o-lanterns were lit by candles. No one gave a second
thought to the possibility of the flame being dangerous. Everyone was smart enough to keep their distance from them.

But I'll fill a bowl with selection of pre-wrapped and safety-checked chocolate candy—yes, I give out the "good" stuff—and put it by my door. And when the doorbell rings, I'll smile and admire the costumes, even if they are store-bought, and feel sad for what they are missing. I'll wave to the parents standing at the end of the driveway and maybe even drop an extra piece of candy into the bag of the kid who isn't with friends or siblings. But I'll keep a lookout for the ones who make a second trip to the doorstep, because that goes against the unwritten rules. They'll get one of the non-chocolate selections.

When the stream of treat-seekers crawls to the barest of trickles, I'll turn the porch light off, lock the door and return to whatever book I'm reading. Probably an urban fantasy, because vampires and elves are fitting partners for the rest of the night.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

To find out what the other authors think about the holiday, follow the links below. And feel free to tell me about your memories of Halloween in the comments.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New release from PJ Fiala

New Release!

I'm happy as pumch to share this new book with you. PJ was one of the authors who organized the Sun, Sand and Sea collection, and she know how to put together a good tale. Amd i'm not saying that just because we share the same initials!

We’re Going to Make It 

By: PJ Fiala

Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Erin Nicholas’ Kindle World
Format: eBook and Paperback

In the security business things can happen fast – the same is true in the business of love.


Levi Jacobson spent 25 years serving his country in the Army. After his fiancée and the love of his life sent him a Dear John letter telling him she was marrying his best friend, he dug into his career with a vengeance, marching up the ranks to Major, right after vowing to stay away from women. Now retired from the military, and managing his security firm in Sapphire Falls, he can finally spend his days as he wants, earn a bit of money and enjoy small town life.

Sage Reynolds joined the Army at 18 to escape her small hometown and finally live her life as the woman she was – a tomboy. She excelled in everything Army; shooting, interrogation and surveillance. When her father became sick, she found herself back home in the small town she’d left as a teenager. A year later, her father gone, she needs a job and preferably in the big city. Overdue bills and no prospects force her to accept a job in Sapphire Falls for a man who is sexist, obnoxious and terribly attractive.

Levi and Sage need each other, at least as far as business is concerned. But, what about personally?

About the Author

I am a wife of thirty years, a mother of four grown children and the grandmother of four lovely grandchildren. When not writing a new story, I can be found riding my motorcycle and exploring this fabulous country of ours. My writing revolves around people anyone would love to spend time with. No self-absorbed billionaires for me.

Earning my Bachelor's Degree later in life fulfilled a dream for me. Then, I found the courage to write and I haven't looked back. I have several published books and continue to write daily. I have served as the VP of Communications for WisRWA and devote a large amount of my time helping other authors slog their way through this thing called publishing.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

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